Spectrum 20th Anniversary: A Celebration of Community

Welcome from 20th Anniversary Chair Alanna Aiko Moore

Alanna Aiko MooreIt is an honor and a privilege to serve as the 20th Anniversary Chair for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Many Scholars struggle with the intersections of socio-economic class and race and ethnicity, and the financial support provided by the Spectrum Scholarship Program can make a huge difference in whether or not one can complete a graduate program. However, the most valuable thing about the Spectrum Scholarship Program is in a way both palpable and intangible—the emphasis on building relationships and community, both within one’s cohort and beyond. These connections are vital and indispensable to librarians of color who struggle to not only enter the profession, but to remain in it. As a 2003 Spectrum Scholar I forged strong bonds with my cohort, many of whom are my closest friends, collaborators and fellow leaders in the profession. I was also mentored both directly and indirectly by past Scholars who presented sessions at the skills-building Spectrum Leadership Institute.

I give back to Spectrum to honor everyone who has made a commitment to my support and development and to give a hand up to all of the incredible librarians of color who are now entering the profession. Our Anniversary theme is Spectrum’s 20 Years: A Celebration of Community—because more than anything else, that is what Spectrum embodies—Scholars and supporters working together towards common goals of advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in our profession.

Through the Spectrum Scholarship Program, more than 1,000 library leaders have benefited from scholarships, relationship building and networking, and opportunities to work for social justice for all underrepresented and vulnerable communities. However, the demand for the Program is high, and we are unable to fund over two-thirds of our annual applicants. Make a gift to spectrum today

Please continue to nurture our efforts—you are an integral part of the success of Spectrum and the continued evolution of the program in the years to come. I extend deep appreciation to every Spectrum scholar, donor, committee member, volunteer, Institute participant, visionary, and trailblazer who has made Spectrum what it is today. We acknowledge the leadership of all library workers, who may not receive support and acknowledgement of their work, alongside us fighting white supremacy, sexism, ableism, homophobia, racism, religious persecution, hate speech, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression.

Our Anniversary activities focus on: 

  1. strengthening connections between all Scholars through reconnecting with our cohorts,
  2. expanding our community with the support of our Cohort Champions who are organizing networks of LIS professionals from marginalized groups at the local level, and
  3. reaching a $130,000 fundraising goal. Our goal is equivalent to funding 20 Spectrum Scholarships in honor of our 20 years.

We are here together. I am so grateful to welcome you as we reflect on the past 20 years and expand our efforts. To support our celebration, volunteers are serving as Cohort Champions for each of our 20 years to help strengthen and broaden connections within our Spectrum Community. These alumni are giving back by rebuilding connections within each cohort, expanding local networks of librarians of color, and supporting one another in raising visibility and funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program.  We are so thankful for our Champions! Scholars wishing to identify their Spectrum Scholarship cohort can search by their last name in the ALA Awards Database (be sure to select search by Name of Award Winner) or email spectrum@ala.org.

Alanna Aiko Moore is the Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies and Sociology Librarian at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Library. She joined UCSD in 2006 after completing her MLIS at Dominican University in 2004, and worked as a non-profit administrator and community organizer prior to entering the library profession. Alanna is an active member of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, and served as the Program Chair for the 2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. She is a 2003 Spectrum Scholar and has chaired the Spectrum Scholar Interest Group, the Spectrum Advisory Committee, and has planned and presented at many Spectrum Leadership Institutes. She is a board member of UCSD’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center and a past fellow in the Association of Research Libraries Leadership and Career Development Program. Alanna has published articles and book chapters and presented at national conferences on topics such as mentoring for librarians of color, recruitment and retention, and cultural diversity.